Diane M. (Barry) Chesler

February 23, 2007

Diane M. (Barry) Chesler

DIANE M. (BARRY) CHESLER – in Woburn, Friday, February 23rd. Beloved wife of David Chesler. Devoted mother of Lauren Rose, Sean Barry “Jack” and Kevin Joseph Chesler. Cherished daughter of Robert T. Barry of Woburn and the late Eleanor J. (Warner) Barry. Dear sister of Mark A. Barry of Woburn and the late Lauren E. Barry. Loving daughter-in-law of Armand and Rhoda Chesler of Merrimac, NH. Also survived by a brother-in-law in NH and his family. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, March 1st at 9:15 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Diane’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

OBITUARY:

Diane M. (Barry) Chesler passed away Friday, February 23rd, at Winchester Hospital, after a lengthy battle with cancer. The beloved wife of David Chesler, she was forty-seven years age.

Born in Winchester, Diane was the daughter of Robert T. and the late Eleanor J. (Warner) Barry. Raised in Woburn, Diane attended the White Elementary School, the Kennedy Middle School and was a graduate of Woburn High School. She continued her education at Merrimack College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Library Science at Simmons College in Boston. She subsequently worked at the Somerville Public Library and the Belmont Public Library.

In 1992, Diane was married, and she and her husband David moved back to Woburn two years later. Once they started their family, Diane chose to remain at home to care for their two sons and their daughter. An avid reader, she loved to read to her children as often as she could. Diane also enjoyed flowers and took a course in flower arranging. As a family they vacationed on the Cape and traveled to New Hampshire to visit their paternal grandparents. “Grampy” Barry, as he was affectionately called, loved to spend time with his grandchildren and took them swimming in the summer and sledding in the winter.

Diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease at the early age of twenty-five, Diane exemplified great strength and courage as she dedicated herself to her children and her family, despite the physical and mental challenges of her debilitating disease. She never gave up and her mission was to beat cancer, not just survive.

Diane was predeceased by her mother, Eleanor J. (Warner) Barry, who passed away in 1997, and her sister, Lauren E. Barry.

Along with her husband David and her father, Robert Barry of Woburn, she leaves three children, Lauren Rose, Sean “Jack” Barry Chesler and Kevin Joseph Chesler, her brother, Mark A. Barry of Woburn, her father- and mother-in-law, Armand and Rhoda Chesler of Merrimac, NH, and a brother-in-law in NH and his family.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, March 1st at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Diane’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701.

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  1. I never knew Diane personally, but I know that she was a wonderful person who will be sorely missed. The knowledge that she is at peace in a better place can not change that. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Bill Sweeney

  2. Some of my very early memories
    was the friendship I had with
    Diane. We use to play house
    in her little log cabin
    ride the swings, and play
    Barbies. We both went our
    separate ways for a while
    and then moved back to Wood
    Street where we shared more times together. My daughters came to know her kids and
    would take them out. She had a
    great sense of humor and
    always made me laugh. I love
    you Diane. Anna (Snookie)

  3. I never knew Diane personally, but I know that she was a wonderful person who will be sorely missed. The knowledge that she is at peace in a better place can not change that. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Bill Sweeney

  4. Winnie Jensen
    I also worked with Diane at the Belmont Libray in the 1980s. I have many fond memories of her. I remember her buying children’s books in the library sales, ones that she must have later read to her children. And she was always ready to go somewhere fun for dinner on Thursday nights when we worked late. She was sweet and upbeat…even in the face of serious health problems.
    I very much wish that I could attend the service for her tomorrow, but, unfortunately, live on the West Coast and am unable to be there. My thoughts and prayers will be.
    I’m so very sorry for her family’s loss. My heart goes out to her children, her husband, her dad and brother and all the people who knew and loved her. She will always be in our hearts.

  5. Lauren,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts daily and your presence is missed in our classroom. If there is anything that I can do please let me know.
    Miss Harris

  6. Hello boys, and dad, so sorry to hear of your loss. If we can help in any way, please call the school. Miss you boys, Miss those smiling faces. Mom is in the best place she could be. She was so special. That is why god chose her. Yours in my prayers. Love to you all, Ms. Cherylann Silva.

  7. We were co-workers of Diane from many years ago at the Belmont Public Library. We have many fond memories of her at the library and outside of it. She was always lively and fun, but also so very caring of others. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

    We will miss her.

    Mary Wile and Carol Baer

  8. Patti Corleto Cail

    We had been friends since the Kennedy and and we remained friends since. Diane and shared many good times as well as tough. Diane always had a smile and postive attitude towards life and very rarely complained. She was the first to help out if a friend was sick or down. Diane always could make you laugh or smile even when she wasn’t feeling up smiling. When she and David met she was so happy and I remeber when she told she was pregant with Lauren, she was just glowing and excited. Diane and Daivd visted with Lauren after she was born, Diane was glowing with haapiness and joy. Her children were her joy and life, and her joy, love and spirit in through them.
    I am very proud to say Diane and a not just my friend, but my hero.

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